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It's the start of a new year, sweet boy. But another year begins without you by my side. I think of you every day. Deedee, too, is missing her boys, Cody and Buddy, and her sweet girl, Sterling. I love you, sweetie. My heart dog. Forever with me. Always. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Good morning, sweet Bristol! You were in my dreams last night. It was pure joy to see and hold you. Your sweet little face just the same... your eyes as bright. It reminded me of how much I miss you, but it was so wonderful to hold you and be with you. I love you so much. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxo

Hi, sweetie. Sitting here thinking of you. Coyotes in the area this morning. Stella's safe, but I will be going down into the garden with her from this point forward. I guess one of the things I am most proud of is that I kept you safe and healthy while you were with me. I loved you - love you still! I think of you every day. It's funny, but I can remember how your little body felt in my arms. Your sweet, button nose. Deep eyes. My sweet boy. I'm so sorry that you got sick. I know you know that I did everything I could. I love you. Mommy xoxoxoxoxo

Hi, baby! A little nutty right now... looking for work. But still thinking of you every day. I love you. I know your Christmas stocking is still hanging, but I don't want to change it out until I can take the time to really decide what I want you to have next. I love you. xoxoxoxo Mommy

Sweet Boy! Winds are picking up here tonight... cold air moving in. I wish you were here for me to cuddle and keep warm. Stella will probably start shaking soon, if it starts raining. She is not as brave as my sweet boy was with storms and bad weather, but she tries so hard. I love you baby. Just sitting here thinking of you. I did get your decorations changed out. I hope you like them. I love you, baby. xoxoxoxoxo Mommy P.S. Remember your 'big bear'? I have him in my room, on the chair... I think of you every time I look over at him. You loved that bear so much! It puts a smile on my face to think of you swinging him around. I love you, baby. Mommy

Hi, baby! Still so cold here! Good news, things are looking up... I got a job that I am really excited about. And you were in my dreams the other night. Strange, we were on a boat or something, and I had a suitcase. You were in a rocking chair resting. I know, makes no sense. But it was heaven to see you... to pet you! You were resting, but you were with me. I can still remember the feel of your fur, paws, and sweet nose. I love you, baby. I love you so much. xoxoxo Mommy

Thinking of you, sweet Bristol. Busy day at work today. Yes, I got a new job! I like it. I like the people. The only thing that would make it better, is if I could come home to you every night. I was thinking, when I got so busy at my last job, that's when I got Stella as a new member of our family. You never spent a lonely day after that. But now I worry about her being alone. She spent the day at mama and papa's. But she can't do that every day. Dad told me that he was going through some pictures on the computer, and found so many wonderful pictures of you. I love you, baby. I really just wanted to say, hi. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Hello, my sweet boy! I'm sorry it has been awhile since I've said hello. I started a new job, and there is a lot to learn. I am leaving for Munich in a few days, and I wanted to change your season to spring, because I probably won't be here to change it for you... I think I get back home the day after the first day of spring. Things are going pretty well. I think of you so much. Every day. Stella looked up at me today, and she looked so much like you used to with a wide grin and bright eyes. Hoping for a treat or two. We are planning an anniversary party for mom and dad. The day I lost you was also their anniversary. The saddest of days for me. Heartbreak. I love you, sweet boy. You were my world, and it has never been the same without you. I love you. xoxoxoxoxo Mommy

Hi, Bristol Boy! I just wanted to say hello and that I love you so much. It's raining here tonight. Stella is scared - she has never learned to be brave the way you were. You used to chase thunderstorms. I can't believe how much I still miss you. You were my heart dog and I will never ever forget you. I think of you every day. I look at your pictures. Miss and love you. Missing you with all my heart. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxo

My sweet boy! You were in my dreams last night. We were out on a road trip of some sort. Stella was there, too. And both of you were running in the grass. I got to hold you and you looked straight into my eyes. For some reason, at the end of the dream, you were not feeling well, and I was doing everything I could to help you. You were so sweet. And I miss you so much. It's a pretty day here today. I will probably spend some time in the garden, pulling weeds, maybe plant a few plants on the steps. I know how much you used to enjoy the garden. It was where you thrived and, at times, didn't feel so great. You were and will forever be my heart dog, Bristol. I love you so much. There will never be another Bristol. I love you, baby. xoxoxoxo Mommy

Bristol Boy. It has been raining so hard here the past few days. I think of you every day. Miss you every day. I've been sad for the world. For our planet. Dogs are amazing. They live so in the moment. Do no damage to the world. Take only what they need. Humans, we are destroyers. And in the same breath, we are compassionate. Struggling. But no matter how I might be feeling, I know that you were everything to me. and I would do anything to see you again. I think of couple of posts did not save. Last week, it seems. But you know that I was talking to you. Watched JJ and Stella together last week. It was okay. JJ's a pretty sweet dog. Stella was unsettled by the rain. Always better to be home. In my own bed. I love you, baby boy. Thinking of you every day. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Getting hot here, sweetie. You were never a fan of the heat- especially the sun in your sensitive eyes. You've been on my mind so much today. Out in the garden, I thought of you being out there. Enjoying yourself. It isn't right, I know, but I find myself comparing Stella to you. You were so chill. She is pretty high maintenance... and demanding. You were just my guy. So happy to just be with me. Walking, riding in the car, hanging out... I miss you, Bristol. I will miss you every day of my life. I love you, sweet boy. Hugs and kisses forever... xoxoxo Mommy

Thinking of you tonight, sweet boy. I love you. Mommy xoxo

Sweet Bristol. I lost you two years ago today. Two years ago, at this time, I was completely heartbroken. I sobbed in a way I had never sobbed before - or have broken since. You were my buddy, my cuddle bunny, my confidante, and my boy. There will never be another Bristol. The best that I ever was was when I was taking care of you. Being responsible for you. Loving you. It feels like yesterday, but I know, too, that I have opened my heart enough to laugh at your silliness and playfulness. Your protective nature. I was enough for you, and you were enough for me. I would give anything to have you with me. To help heal you. To make you whole again. It just wasn't enough time together, sweetie. It all went so quickly. I love you and think of you every day. Please know that I did everything I could for you. I love you, sweet boy. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Just thinking of you, sweet boy. I miss you every single day. I love you, Mommy xoxoxo

Good morning, sweet Bristol. Oh, honey, so hot here right now. You would not be a happy camper. Even the mornings are sticky and brutal. The sun so bright... you would absolutely want to be inside hanging out in the coolness. Looking at your picture, your little head titled, questioning and at once trusting eyes. I love you, sweetie; so, so much. xoxoxoxo Mommy

Hi, sweet Bristol! I had a dream about you two nights ago. I was in a car, and I pulled over and just started sobbing. As if I had just remembered that you were gone. I woke up so sad. I miss you. I miss you every single day, sweetie. But I did have to smile yesterday, too, I was eating a banana, and Stella tried to gently take the peel into her mouth - just like you did. It was so sweet and reminded me of you so much. I love you, baby. xoxoxoxoxoxo Mommy

Thinking of you on this cool morning in July. You would love it outside, sweet Bristol. Crisp and cool. I love you, sweetie, just wanted to say hello, and tell you that I love you. xoxoxoxo Mommy

Hi, Bristol sweetie! Just sending you hugs and nose touches. I love you and miss you so much, sweetie. Love, xoxoxoxoxoxo Mommy

Sweet, Bristol, I can't believe how quickly time goes. I think of you every single day. Every single one. I went to get food for Stella on Monday, and a woman came out with a sweet puppy that looked so much like you. It took my breath away. He was the same size. Same coloring. Same beautiful brown eyes. I love you so much, Bristol. Mommy will always love you. It's hot here. So hot! You would hate it - the sun so bright, you used to shield your eyes from the glare, and let the A/C blow on you in the car. I remember it all. I love you, baby. xoxoxoxo Mommy

Good morning, sweet boy! Was just thinking about you, and wanted to say, hello, and that I miss you. I am writing a new screenplay, and there is a little dog in the story... in my mind, it's you. And this little dog has wings and flies. She hasn't given him a name yet, the main character, but it is you! My handsome, happy Bristol. I love you so much, sweetheart. Stella and I are just hanging out today. She's on storm watch, but I don't think we will get rain - but we need it so! I wish you were sitting next to me as I write. That's where you were on my last big project - right by my side. Not always feeling well, but with me, always. I love you, sweetie. I love and miss you so much. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Just thinking of you so much tonight, sweet Bristol. Life is unpredictable. I might be joining you soon. I love you. xoxoxoxoxo Mommy

Hi, sweet Bristol! I thought of you so much this weekend. I changed your world to fall, because it is the first day of fall. Cooler weather should be here soon. It has been so hot, you would be so over it! I love you Bristol, and I miss you so much. Your sister, Stella, is at your mama and papa's this week, because mommy is going out of town all week. Switzerland. My first time there. It's for work, but I will try and enjoy it, too. I do get to take a nice train trip - and I am definitely looking forward to that. Your birthday is next month. Sweet boy, you would have been seventeen! :) I love you, Bristol. And I miss you every day. Much love, xoxoxoxo Mommy

Bristol, my sweet boy, you would love the weather now. It is cool and crisp. Just the weather you loved! Stella had to have a little surgery yesterday - but she did fine. We are going to stay at JJ's for a few days, and so she will have company. I worry that she does not have another puppy friend at the house - I am so glad that you did not have one lonely day the last three years of your life. You were never alone. Sweetheart, you are not alone now I think of you every single day. Many times. I miss you more than I can say. Everything is so different now. Life just moves on. In my heart and mind, you will always be sweet, fun, playful, and contemplative Bristol. I love you, sweetie. xoxoxoxoxo Mommy

Happy Birthday, my sweet Bristol! Seventeen years ago today, you came into the world. Two years later I adopted you, and my life was forever changed. You were my joy, sweet boy. I miss you every single day. I would give anything to have you back with me. I sometimes think the pain of losing you will never abate, and I remind myself that, no, it won't. Because when you truly love something or someone, just because they are gone, does not mean that you will ever not feel the pain of that loss. That's how you know just how important they were to you. I love you, sweet Bristol. Forever and a day. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo your mommy.

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet boy! I wish more than anything that you were here with me, and that I was getting you ready to take over to mom and dad's. Stella, Gypsy, Molly and JJ will be there. And I would sneak you some of your favorite white turkey meat! I love you so much, sweetie. I was thinking, it was three years ago this month that I learned you were not well. But you were so strong and brave. You stayed with me as long as you could, and I was overjoyed to have you with me for seven more months. I wish beyond wishing that it had been seven years, because you would still be here. I love you so much, baby. I struggle so much day-to-day, and you were my joy, just petting you brought me back to the present. I don't know why I feel like such a loser in this world. I look around, and wonder, who or what is it that makes me feel this way? You always reminded me, in how you appreciated me, that I was a complete and good person... oh that I could do that for myself. I know where it comes from. I just need to try more each day to put all of that far in the past. Especially if I want a future. I love you, sweet Bristol. Please know that you are in my heart always. Hugs, kisses, and belly rubs. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxo

Hi, sweet Bristol! I've thought about you so much over the holidays. I wanted to wait to write until after things had calmed, and I could find a quiet moment for you. The holidays are not the same without you. All of the puppies were there, but I could not help but see that you weren't there. But you were in spirit. I talk about you to others, remind them of your sweetness, and your funny side, too. Gypsy is getting older, but she is still so sweet. Molly and JJ are good, too. I'm sure they miss their mommy. My cousin died much too young. Mercedes is doing so well. She is very healthy now... Don has really been working with her. You got along with all of the pups... but I don't think you ever met Molly and JJ. They came to live with mom and dad after Jennifer died. Stella is with them tonight, because I am leaving for a business trip tomorrow, and will be gone for the entire week. You would enjoy seeing her... she would love to see you! Do you remember how hard you used to play with Misty? The two of you got along so well! Mom and dad don't talk about her much anymore... but I know they still miss her. It's hard, sweetie. But I am and have continued on. I know you would want that. It's pretty cold here tonight, but not as cold as some winters have been. Do you remember the snow on Rockwood? I have the funniest pictures of you from that day. Your face covered with flakes. So cute! You were so young then. So was I! :) I love you my sweet boy. I think of you every day - photos of you all around the house. I even have the one with you wearing my college graduation cap in my car. I see it every day and it makes my smile. Good night my sweet boy. I love you so much. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoo Mommy

Thinking of you tonight, sweet Bristol. I wish you were here with me. I would give anything to have you back. Kind of hard day. A hard few weeks. But thinking of you brings me in one breath, pain of loss, but joy in having had you in my life. Goodnight, my wonderful boy. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Bristol, my sweet and wonderful boy. A cold morning here. Your picture next to me. Stella asleep. I miss you so much, sweetheart. But I am also smiling at your memory. At the wonderful companion and part of my life that will never change. Mom and Dad are getting older. It's hard, sometimes, to see. They are healthy. And will be for some time, hopefully. But I still see the changes. That's the one consistent in life, isn't it? Change. But love doesn't really change. It changes, but is always there. I hope you know that. That I love you so much. When I look back on my life, you were such an important part of it for so, so many years. And your memory continues to be, even now. And will be, forever. I write to you because you were my confidant. Every wonderful, happy, pathetic moment of my life you knew. I don't want that to be different. I will always confide in you. I will always love you, sweet boy. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxo

My sweet boy... how fast the weeks go. Two weeks ago already since I said hello. But I know you know that I think of you every single day. I have to go to Germany in a few weeks. I am not too happy about it. Travel is a pain. Germany is a high risk area for terrorism, as it turns out. If it wasn't for work, I wouldn't be going. But, have to put food on the table. :) I really just wanted to say, hello. I've been so tired this week. Not sure why... looking to rally tomorrow. Not like me to not be full of energy! I will write soon. I love you so much, your mommy who misses you so very much. XOXOXOXOXOXOXO Mommy

Sweet, sweet Bristol... you can't imagine how crazy the entire world is right now. There is a terrible virus that is making people sick. It is impacting every aspect of our lives, worldwide. I wish you were here and I would cuddle and hug you so tightly. The funniest picture of you today... it was when we lived on Rockwood and you were lying on your back on your bed beneath the window. Paws spread wide, sleeping. You were so cute and funny. I miss rubbing your sweet belly. You would have been about seven, I'm guessing. So healthy and happy. And with me. If I could go back to those days, I would. They seem so innocent and simple, compared to the world now. I love you sweet boy. I love you, I love you... and miss you with all my heart. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Hello, my sweetheart! Bristol, you can't imagine the changes to our world. We are all on self-isolation because of a virus that is floating around. I have been working from home... everything from home nearly... for a month now. It reminds me of all the time we got to spend together at home before you got so sick. I thought of you today because the lightning and thunder lit up and shook the house so hard. I remembered how brave you were in storms. Your sister, Stella, jumped in the bathtub... that is her go-to when it storms. She hates them! I miss you so much, sweet Bristol. Dad found some pictures of you that I don't think I have seen before. He promised to send them to me. I honestly don't know what my future holds, sweet boy. I am hopeful with my new project. Possibly the best thing I've written. We will see. It's a bit hard to focus, really, with all of the craziness in the world. I'm used to spending a lot of time alone... but not this much time! I am so sorry it took me a month to say, hello, again. I know you know that I think of you every day... many times a day. You were and will forever be my heart dog, Bristol. I love Stella, and have actually gotten so close to her over the past year. But my love for you was different and forever special. I love you, sweetheart. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxox

Oh sweet boy. I can't believe how fast time goes these days. You would think that being under self-isolation during a pandemic, that time would slow. But it just moves on and blends together. I love you so much, sweet boy. I can't believe it has been nearly three years since I lost you. How did that time go so quickly. It seems like yesterday I was walking you, brushing you, petting your sweet nose and head. You were my heart dog and there will never be another Bristol in my life. Mom and Dad are doing okay. I think Dad better than Mom... she is used to a more social life with her friends, bridge, etc. Dad, he's content to be at home doing, well, not much... I worry about them. I can't see them because they are an at-risk group, due to their getting older. But I don't know... it might be worth it here soon to just start seeing people again. This isolation is so very hard. I wish you were here. I love you, sweetie. xoxoxoxoxoxo Love, Mommy

Hi, sweet Bristol. Thinking of you today, and wishing you were her with Stella and I, on this slow Sunday eve. I think you were in my dreams the other night... I can't say for sure, but it sure felt like you were there. I miss you little guy. Miss you so much. I was in our own neighborhood yesterday, remember the Randalls? It reminded me so much of living there with you on Rockwood. A picture of you with your face covered in snow that February came to mind. Walking around the neighborhood at least twice a day. I cared for you the best I could, and it was my absolute pleasure. Even on your worst days, when you were feeling so poorly, you were strong and loving. You were just the best boy ever. I love you, sweetie. xoxoxoxox love, mommy

My sweet, sweet Bristol. It has been three years since I lost you. I have been thinking about you all day, wishing beyond wishing that you were still with me. I spent the day at home, in the garden, and remembered how much time you spent out there with me. You were such a sweet and loving and playful little guy, it breaks my heart still that I had to let you go. You haven't come to me in my dreams lately, and I would give anything to see you. Three years. It's so hard to believe - the world is so different today than it was then. But one thing that has not and never will change, is how much I loved you and loved being the one who could care for you for most of your life. You came to me as a two-year old, and you were very sick. But you were so strong and you proved that my getting better and better. I hope you enjoyed your life. That you had fun. There was not a day that you were not cared for and loved - from the moment you came home with me. And I am so grateful that I was able to be here with you every single day of the last eight months of your life. That was such a hard time, but I would not trade that chance for anything in the world. I love you sweet boy. Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

I love you, sweet boy. Just sitting here thinking of you, and wishing you were with me. It's so strange in the world right now. A pandemic is keeping us home, away from family and friends. Stella is good company. She has really come into her own. She didn't seem too scared by the fireworks last night. You would not have even noticed, so brave, my sweet Bristol. I'm waiting to hear about some of my writing. We'll see what happens. After that, decisions will need to be made, one way or the other. I need a major change in my life and I am looking for the right answer. If anything, I have learned just how fleeting life can be. It has to be the life that is right for me... not anyone else. I don't yet know what that means, but it is not the life I have now, that I know. I love you, sweetheart. I think of you all the time. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxo

Bristol sweetheart, just thinking about you this morning. Super hot here - you would not like how bright the sun is. It used to hurt your eyes and you'd bury your little head into my lap. Stella is snoring, taking a morning nap. Everything in the world is so different, Bristol. The world is reeling from a virus - a pandemic - and the future seems so unpredictable (even more than usual). We're hanging in there, trying to be positive, to keep safe and healthy. I worry about mom and dad, and Todd, with his asthma. We can't see each other, and it has been so, so lonely. I love and miss you, sweet boy. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Hello, my sweet baby! Just saying hello and wanted you to know that I am thinking of you. I love you, sweet boy. I love and miss you so much. Love, mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Hi, sweet Bristol! What a summer it has been. Baby boy, it could not end soon enough. Everyone is so tired with the pandemic and self-isolation. Edgy and even sadness. But we are a persistent group, we humans. I wish you were here with me. I would do nothing but keep you safe. Stella has been good company, but even she is getting bored with just me all the time. I was thinking about our place on Rockwood. It was so much fun walking you over to the Village Center at night. Do you remember the shore birds that were inexplicably in the parking lot we walked past at night? I never understood how or why they were there. That area has changed, but my memories of being there with you have remained. Such a great area for walking along that backstreet near the creek. Do you remember? Some days, I would give anything to go back to what seemed like a simpler time. My place now feels big and expensive and not very fulfilling. I am spending so much time reflecting on next moves, but it feels like everything, for nearly everyone, is in a holding pattern. It really depends on how long this virus controls the shots. I think about you all the time. I miss you every single day. Love, mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxooxxoxoxoxoxoxooxox

Fall at last, sweet boy! Your favorite weather of all! You would love being outside now - not too hot and the sun not too bright for your big brown eyes. September just flew by. I barely recall it, except for more of the same with the virus. My plans are still in a holding pattern - just getting the house in better shape. Painting. Remember all of the painting on Rockwood and here? Goodness. You were such a sweet boy and never got in the way. Stella woke me up the other night in such a scared state with the winds. I wish she could understand that they won't hurt her. That I never left anything hurt you and I do the same for her. It's upsetting for both of us. I lose sleep and can't console her. Made for a rough next day,but we got through it. I think of you all the time, Bristol. You were such a joy to my life. I love you so much and wish you were here. I really do. What I wouldn't give to have you back in my life. Mommy loves you, sweetheart. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Sweet boy, mommy is so tired tonight. I just wanted to say that I love you... I think of you every day. xoxoxoxo Love, Mommy

Happy Birthday, my sweetheart. You would have been 18 today. I didn't have you long enough, but I cherish every day and every memory. There will never be another Bristol in my life. I love you and miss you so much, sweet boy. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Hello, sweet Bristol! I miss you my beautiful boy. Christmas is this week and it is never the same without you. It has been such a difficult year for us mere humanoids. The love of family and beloved pets have made it passable. I can't help but think how comforting it would be to have you with me. I was looking at your picture yesterday, and I can still remember how soft your fur was on the top of your head, ears, and back. Like silk. And because I was not the best mom when it came to brushing, it inevitably had a small snag or two. But it was never too bad. Stella's fur gets so much more matted than yours ever did. In some ways, she's more of a tomboy than you were. :) It snowed here one year, and I loved it when you plowed your nose into the snow and got it all over your face. I would bet that was the first time you had ever seen snow. You were probably about seven then. Love, mommy.

Hi, sweet boy! I can't believe how much time has passed since I last wrote. I'm sorry! I think of you all the time. I had to get some things sorted out with your special residency, but that has been taken care of, and I now have more room to write. It has been raining all morning, and Stella is doing pretty well with this storm. We both miss you so much still. Always will. I am sad, Bristol. So sad for everything that has happened in our world. So much sickness, and loss, and loneliness with this pandemic. Vaccinations are here, I have had my first dose, second one next week, and still it feels odd and out of sorts. I try to be optimistic, but it's not always easy. I try to have hope, but that is challenging, too. I feel that I need a major change of lane... to get on the right road for who I am, have always been. I am about halfway through my novel. It's rough, as is to be expected, but I'm getting there. Trying to get the outside of the house back in shape after the unbelievable ice storm we had in February. Your beautiful little garden is not as beautiful as it once was, but we will get it back in time. Replanting where I need to; hoping with time other plants will come back. Early in our lives, there is so little loss, but later, it gets harder, as people and pets and the norms shift, change, and even leave. Mom and Dad are talking more about their wills, and that makes me very sad, but I know it's necessary. I'd love to be cuddled up with you on the couch on this rainy day, sweet Bristol. You are in my heart always. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Good morning, my sweet Bristol. Sitting here getting ready for work, and thinking of you. Bristol, the garden is looking so pretty, you would really be enjoying it. And it hasn't been too hot or bright, and so the weather is just the way you loved for it to be. We have had a lot of rain, and Stella has been scared of the storms, but she's doing okay with them. So hard to believe we are coming up on four years since I lost you. Time is moving so quickly. I loved having you as my sweet boy. Our morning trips on Sunday to either Barton Creek, where you played in the water, or to the Capitol grounds, where you had so much space to walk around. I think about you all the time, Bristol, and miss you every day. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Heartbroken when I think it has almost been four years since I lost you. Sweet Bristol, I miss you so much. I haven't seen you in my dreams in so long. Would you visit your mom? It would make me so happy to see you. Stella has been having some a hard time with the storms. If you could send a little courage her way, I know she would appreciate it-she shakes so hard, and is completely inconsolable. I have medicine for her, but I hate to give it to her all the time - with so many storms these past few weeks. Her thunder shirt doesn't do much, either. I forget what I was watching on TV the other night, but I happened to look up, and there was a black and white Shih-Tzu that looked exactly like you... same sweet markings on his face as you, and same beautiful white chest against your silky black fur. Such a handsome boy. I love you, my sweet boy. I miss you every day. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxo

Four years ago today, I lost you, sweet boy. Life goes on, but it has not been the same without you. I still remember everything about you, little boy, and I always will. You made my life better...I hope you know how much you were loved. Love forever... Mommy. xoxoxo

Thinking of my sweet boy so much today. Summer might have finally arrived. I remember how much you hated the sun in your eyes, and how you'd bury your head in my lap, on sunny days in the car. I wish you were here, Bristol. I still miss you so much. Mommy loves you. xoxoxoxo Mommy

Hello my sweet Bristol. Just sitting here, having taken a few days off from work. Was thinking about you this morning, looking at the picture of your sweet, sweet face. Bristo boy, mommy is thinking of selling her place and moving away. Not too far, but someplace where I can have a place that's paid for, a bit out of the busy city, but still close to mom and dad. They are getting older. I miss you, sweetie. Every day I think of you. Stella is doing fine, but she is getting so attached to my being home more with the pandemic, she has a bit of a panic attack when she thinks I have left. I remember when I first got you, and you were so skittish about being left alone, but you learned very quickly that I would never leave you alone for long. I always came home... always came back to you. I'm sorry that your first person didn't do that for you, and that left you so worried. But, in time, I really believe that you forgot those bad times, and that they were replaced by only good. Summer is late this year, but is definitely arriving today... back into hot days, but nothing like 2011. Please know that I think of you all the time, loved you so much, and that I love you still. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Mommy

Good morning, Bristol sweetheart! Missing you a lot. My neighbor lost his 'old man' pup, Munchie. I know he's hurting. I am going to go over and tell him how very sorry I am that he lost his friend. I was shattered when I lost you, and I know full well how much it breaks your heart. I think of you every day, sweet boy. I miss you. Stella misses you... we all do. I love you, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Hi, sweet boy. Thinking of you tonight, as the weather cools, and there is actually the feel of fall in the air. Your favorite season. No sun to hurt your eyes, or heat, or cold. Perfect for sweet Bristol. Stella got very sick a week or so ago. She was in the emergency hospital for two days, but she is back home and feeling better. I thought of you so much during that time, back at the hospital where I took you, and you were so brave and sweet. I miss you so much, sweet boy. This pandemic is draining everyone. Nothing feels even remotely the same as it was. I'm not yet sure if that is a good or bad thing, but the truth probably is somewhere between the two. I'm applying for the Michener program. A very hard program to get into, but I at least need to try. Seems all I do right now is work and write, but I did get away for a lovely brunch with Deedee this weekend. She wants to get another dog, but not right away. Not sure if you remember her pups: Sterling, Kodie, and Buddy. I don't know if there is a heaven, sweetheart, but if there, you more than any sweet boy I know deserve to be there. And it wouldn't surprise me at all to find that dogs get a heaven, we humans, well, not sure we really deserve it. Thinking of you, as always, love, mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Happy Birthday, my sweet boy. How lucky was I that you were born nineteen years ago, and that I was blessed to have you in my life for so many of those years. Most of those years! :) I love you, sweetheart. I miss you so much and wish you were here with me. I'd give you a peanut butter, puppy friendly cupcake, nose rubs, and the biggest hug you could ever imagine. I love you, baby boy. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo Mommy

Feeling so lost right now, Bristol. I love my family, but fear that so much damage has come from being a part of it, that as hard as I have tried, I might never recover... or ever be my full self. I really do feel like just giving up. If not for Stella, I probably would. I love you and miss you, my sweet boy. xoxo Love, Mommy

Sweet, sweet boy... thinking of you this cold, icy morning. I love you and miss you! Love, Mommy xoxo

Bristol boo,you were in my dreams last night. We were napping and playing and walking together, and I woke up thinking about you. And missing you. I wish with all my heart you were still here with me. I love you so much, my sweet boy. My heart was yours. Love, Mommy xoxoxoxo

It has been five years since you left, sweet boy. This morning feels so much the same as then. Warm and still, already feeling like summer. I miss you every day... I think of you every day. You were such a wonderful boy, and I love you still. Stella is sleeping, the birds and squirrels are out back, a slight breeze is blowing-all that is missing, is you. I love you, Mommy xoxoxoxo

Sweet boy! Today, the weather you loved the best: A cool,crisp clear morning. It reminds me of the mornings we went to the creek to walk around. I miss you so much. Don lost Mercedes and is heartbroken that she died. Your sister is also slowing down a bit, but is still active and sweet. We all miss you. I think of you every day. Every single day. A new job for me starting on Monday. Excited and would give anything if you were here to share the news with. Mommy loves you. Xoxoxoxo

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